Sun, warmer temperatures help melt some icy roads

Posted February 3, 2010
Updated February 4, 2010

— Sunshine and warmer temperatures on Wednesday helped melt some residual ice and slush from the weekend winter storm that dropped up to 8 inches of snow and ice across the area.

Temperatures warmed to the upper 40s and lower 50s across central North Carolina.

State Department of Transportation crews in Wake and Durham counties worked to finish clearing ice from all roadways they are responsible for on Wednesday.

Though main thoroughfares were clear, many school officials across the Triangle canceled or delayed classes on Wednesday because of concern about muck, snow and ice on side streets and secondary roads.

Ice on road Wake County workers clear snow from schools

Wake officials said a low percentage of the county’s schools were prepared to allow students back on Wednesday.

At schools like Garner High School, workers used shovels to clear snow from sidewalks and parking lots.

"I would have thought they'd be farther along than that," Garner parent Jamie Woodlief said.

Woodlief stayed home from work this week to spend quality time with her 9-year-old daughter. She thought schools would reopen Tuesday.

"I'm ready for her to go back to school and I'm ready to go back to work," she said.

On Wednesday, 15 maintenance employees for the 159 schools in the district were out clearing snow-covered walkways and ramps to portable classrooms, according to schools spokesman Greg Thomas.

Some parents have criticized the county's response as slow, even suggesting budget cuts may have played a role in the response.

"I think the crews have responded appropriately with the resources they have. I don't think it was an issue," Thomas said Thursday.

Wake County schools will reopen after a one-hour delay on Thursday. Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Orange, Person, Vance and Warren county schools will open on two-hour delays.

Edgecombe and Johnston county schools will operate on a regular schedule Thursday.

As the snow melts, however, meteorologists are already eyeing a storm system headed to the area later this week.

Late Thursday, precipitation is expected to begin as a wintry mix. By Friday around 7 a.m., WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said, the mixture, which will mostly be rain, will head out.

Highs on Friday are expected to be in the upper 30s.


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  • sbh Feb 3, 2010

    So if Wake County schools are opening an hour late, does that mean kindergarten registration starts at 9 or will they still be able to start at 8?

  • time4real Feb 3, 2010

    oh, and Mr. Fishel's desire to make every wet event after the only snow event MOST of the viewing area saw this season, another winter event, isn't working out. you got 1 out of 9 right wral, if you go ahead and count the "not going to snow this weekend forecast" so get ready for Spring and move on!

  • time4real Feb 3, 2010

    "1 hour delay for what?"
    so that they can finalize plans for you to lose some of your spring break and the next 42 saturdays!

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 3, 2010

    Parents, you and your kids tired of being in? Stop complaining and go to your local school with a shovel and some salt and help out. Make it a PTA project!!

  • SaltlifeLady Feb 3, 2010

    very rapidly. Thankfully they are considering the safety of every schoo child in Wake County.

  • SaltlifeLady Feb 3, 2010

    Parent of 3: Wake County does not look just at your street or part of the county where ever that may be. They have to look at every inch of the county that a school bus covers and areas far north like Rolesville and Hwy 98/Hwy 50 area had more snow than Garner and Holly Springs. I live off a well-traveled road not far from Crabtree and today is the first day that road is completely clear to travel. The school system has to base their judgment on EVERY road in Wake county. THe moment they don't and there is an accident involving a bus and children, lawsuits are sure to follow suit

  • parent_of_3 Feb 3, 2010

    1 hour delay for what? There is nothing on the roads primary or secondary or even my subdivision! Give me a break!

  • jgilchr Feb 3, 2010

    I think by now people should realize that it yes it does snow in NC at times. Schools not being on regular schedules 5 days later is just ridiculous. This wasn't a "storm of the century" by any means.

  • kssears12 Feb 3, 2010

    I was at Beaver Creek in Apex on Monday and there were snow plows clearing the parking lot! Now I know where the priority is, and it's not getting the kids back to school.

  • SaltlifeLady Feb 3, 2010

    Now if they would bother clearing the bus lanes in front of the schools the kids maay actually be able to get there!